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Sales continue to rise for Northeast Ohio Auto Dealers
Dealers Association says the economic recovery is fueling growth
Story by LYNDSEY SCHLEY


 
The Ford Escape is the most sold car in Ohio so far this year, with about 5,000 models sold.
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Northeast Ohio Auto Dealerships are seeing a continuing rise in sales.

Terry Metcalf of the Northeast Ohio Auto Dealers Association says April’s sales were up about 5 percent from the same time last year.

Metcalf says new models and the economic recovery are fueling the increases.

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“We’re still recovering from the economic dip that we had a number of years ago, where people were holding off buying new vehicles," Metcalf says. "At some point, it comes to the point where they have to replace the vehicle they’ve been using.”

Metcalf says the top seller in Northeast Ohio from January through April of this year was the Ford Escape with nearly 5,000 purchased. The Lordstown-built Chevy Cruze has seen a 37 percent increase in sales from the same period last year.

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